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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 6.4 - 10.0 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 3.6 - 5.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 1.8 - 2.8 miles/kWh
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Claimed 292-mile range
  • Rapid charge times

How much does it cost to run?

The precise cost of running an electric car is nuanced because there are so many factors. But who has time for nuance?

Let’s assume you’ve forked out £300-500 for a home charger. Charging an I-Pace overnight will cost around £10-15 (assuming a price of 10-15p per kWh). If you received 292 miles of range for £10, that makes it around 3p per mile. 

That’s the best case scenario. £10 is base rate, while you’ll most likely never see 292 miles from a full charge. More of which can be read about below.

Range and charging

Using a 50kW DC charge point – the kind typically found at motorway services and public car parks – requires 85 minutes to take the I-Pace’s 90kWh battery pack from 0 to 80% capacity.

Currently the UK is in the early stages of seeing 100kW DC rapid chargers being rolled out: using one of these will add up to 78 miles over 15 minutes.

Most electric car owners recharge their vehicles overnight using a dedicated wall box: a 11kW domestic wall box can add 33 miles of range per hour. A full charge will take just over eight and a half hours. Drivers using a 7kW domestic charger will get up to 22 miles of charge per hour, with a full charge taking nearly 13 hours.

Jaguar doesn’t quote a time for charging the I-Pace using a conventional three-pin domestic plug. While this isn’t the most ideal way of replenishing its battery, it’s a useful fall-back facility if more appropriate connections are unavailable.

Smart charging can replenish the battery during low-tariff electricity hours, while pre-conditioning allows owners to cool or heat the car while it’s still on charge, saving battery.

Jaguar claims 292 miles of range, which is on a par with the Hyundai Kona Electric. During a test route that took in urban driving, motorway and a long stint on some very challenging and twisty roads driven with a good dose of enthusiasm, we reduced 248 miles of predicted range to 93 miles in, coincidentally, 93 miles of driving.

On three-mile journeys in built up areas with plenty of stop-start traffic, in eco mode, we managed to actually gain range. In eco mode regenerative braking is greatly increased. This works when you lift off the accelerator pedal – instead of slowing down naturally it feels like you’re pressing the brake pedal. The upshot is that it tops up the battery. So if you regularly use this in stop start traffic you can expect to gain range.

Buyers will receive two sets of charging cables – a three-pin charger, and a Type 2 one for rapid charging – enough to satisfy the needs of its UK buyers. Sadly, there’s no bespoke charging network akin to Tesla‘s impressive Supercharger network, which will mark it down in the eyes of many premium EV customers, whether they primarily charge at home or not.

Reliability

  • Bespoke tech
  • Few moving parts
  • Strong interior construction

The battery is covered by an eight-year warranty, and the I-Pace requires a service every two years or 21,000 miles.

Since 2018, when the car was first released, the I-Pace has had two official recalls – one regarding the driver’s seat frame assembly and the other concerning the braking system. Both of these issues should have been remedied if you’re buying a used car.

Some owners have reported malfunctioning charging ports and general problems with charging.

That said, the electric drivetrain is at least largely free of moving parts and the interior feels strongly assembled.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 47 - 50
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